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Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 109–99 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Protostegidae
Genus: Notochelone
Lydekker, 1889
Type species
Notochelone costata
  • Notochelys

Notochelone is an extinct genus of sea turtle, which existed about 100 million years ago.[1] The species was first described by Richard Lydekker in 1889.[2] It was the most common marine reptile living in the inlands of the sea around Queensland, Australia.[3] It was a small turtle, and was about the same size as the modern green turtle.[1] Analytical studies have indicated that the creatures frequently ate benthic molluscs.[4]


  1. ^ a b Retrieved on May 12th, 2008.
  2. ^ Retrieved on May 12th, 2008.
  3. ^ Retrieved on May 12th, 2008.
  4. ^ Kear, B. P. (2006). "First gut contents in a Cretaceous sea turtle". Biology Letters. 2 (1): 113–115. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2005.0374. PMC 1617194Freely accessible. PMID 17148341. 

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